Planning & Development Services

Service Change

The Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) lobby continues to be closed to public walk-in traffic, however, we are open for appointments. The most efficient way to assist our customers and the public continues to be via telephone, email and video conferencing options; and our application and permit intake processes will continue to be done digitally. Please use the links under the "How Do I" to get more information about application and permit submission.
However, if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with staff we have appointment times available for general permitting, building and land use inquiries. Please complete this appointment request form or call 360-778-5900 to make an appointment.  If you have already applied for a permit--do not use this appointment scheduling option--please contact the assigned planner directly to schedule a meeting.

How Do I?

  1. Stage 2 Burn Ban Effective 8:00am, Wednesday July 7, 2021

    Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office has ordered a stage 2 burn ban due to increasingly dry weather conditions, the increase of Washington State DNR fire danger to HIGH, and the Emergency Proclamation 21-10 Wildfire – Burn Ban by the Governor Read on...
  2. Stage 1 Burn Ban Effective 5:00pm Friday, June 25, 2021

    Due to warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office will be enacting Stage 1 Burn restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 5:00pm on Friday, June 25th, 2021. Read on...
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Planning and Development Services Mission Statement

The mission of Planning and Development Services is to ensure growth and development occurs in a manner that protects public health, safety and welfare, preserves the natural environment and ensures the quality of life enjoyed by citizens and visitors in Whatcom County is maintained and enhanced.